Newsletter 8-18-08

Hey Everyone,

Two Free Concert Series shows this month. The first is this Saturday, Aug. 23rd with New Day Dawn, Zigman Bird, and the Brixton Riot. This is going to be one night of incredible local indie rock and I hope you’ll come out to celebrate. Of course we will be broadcasting it live on, but it won’t be the same if you’re not there live to see and hear these bands.

The show starts at 9pm with New Day Dawn, followed by Zigman Bird, and then The Brixton Riot.

As always, the show is FREE, and Buddie’s Tavern has great food (homemade pizza, burgers, snacks, etc.), drinks, and ample parking (for those of you used to spending an hour trying to find a street spot by some venues).

Buddie’s Tavern is located at 227 Johnson Lane, Parlin (Sayreville), NJ.

And then next Friday, Aug. 29th, we’ll be doing a very special show at Buddie’s Tavern with the band who put out my favorite album of last year, The Winter Sounds! Also on that bill will be Kosmic Daydream, and Alter Ego.


Speaking of Alter Ego, they will be my special in-studio guests on Lazlo’s Den this Wednesday. They will be performing live, as well as discussing their music and up coming show.


Concert Picks of the Week

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This Saturday's Free Concert Series continues at Buddie's Tavern (277 Johnsons Ln., Parlin, NJ). This month we feature three rockin' bands, New Day Dawn (featuring former members of Slushpuppy), Zigman Bird, and The Brixton Riot. This is going to be a rocking good time you will not want to miss.


And now it's time for this week's Pissed Off!

It pains me that once again this column is bringing up someone who has passed away, but this week it's in talking about something much larger.

Jerry Finn was not a household name. Many of you reading his name right now probably don't recognize the name (or you're wondering if he's one of the Finn Brothers from Crowded House, he's not.)

Jerry Finn was a producer and mixer, and worked on albums for Rancid, Bad Religion, Green Day, Superdrag, The Living End, Morrissey...the list goes on and on. Undoubtedly, you have heard his work.

Last month Jerry Finn suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. Last week, after never regaining consciousness, he was taken off of life support. It was a very sad day for people like me who enjoyed his work.

People always give credit to the band for an album that is great, but little or no credit usually goes to the producer or mixer of the album (unless his name is Rick Rubin). I am guilty of this too, as I rarely mention the producer or mixer in my reviews of albums, but that doesn't mean they are not important.

We've all at some point seen a band live that sounded great only to be disappointed at how lackluster an album they have. At least part of the blame for that is the people behind the scenes like the producer and mixer.

I've seen bands put out terrible albums, only to re-record some of those songs with a new producer and the songs sound amazing.

Local bands take note, do not just go with the cheapest producer for your album. Listen to the other albums the producer has done. Do they sound good to you? If the answer isn't a resounding yes, then that producer is probably not who you want working on your album.

The world has lost a great producer and mixer in Jerry Finn, but let his passing remind us that not all producers and mixers are created equal.


That's all for this week folks.